How Canada rose to the top for 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccine
News/Health: American cardiologist and researcher Eric Topol says it's the Canadian 'culture.' But other experts say it's a confluence of factors that put Canada on track to become world leader in percentage of population with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Global research consortium examines if COVID-19 may cause diabetes
News/Canada/British Columbia: It's been well established that having diabetes is likely to cause worse outcomes for those who get sick with COVID-19. Now, a global team of researchers is leading the effort to find out if the novel coronavirus may also cause diabetes in some people.
How Canada can crush the variants with vaccines and make this reopening our last
News/Health: Canada is poised to battle back more contagious coronavirus variants that threaten to jeopardize reopening plans across the country due to a huge uptick in vaccine supply, a willingness from Canadians to get the shots and some promising new vaccine research.
Cruise lines say no change in sailing plans after new COVID-19 cases
News/Health: Royal Caribbean Group and Carnival Corporation will push ahead with a return to cruises this summer despite two guests onboard Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Millennium ship testing positive for COVID-19.
New COVID-19 cases have dropped 80 per cent — and 5.3 million more shots are set to arrive next week
News/Politics: After months of mostly bad news, Canada's chief public health officer said today the country's COVID-19 trajectory has improved dramatically and an anticipated flood of doses should put the country "on the path back to the things we miss."
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world Friday
News/World: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's hopes of ending England's coronavirus lockdown on June 21 hung in the balance on Friday as data showed a further rise in cases of the rapidly spreading delta variant.
Canada to commit to sharing up to 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses: official
News/Politics: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his country will contribute 100 million doses to the international campaign before the end of the year, stepping up pressure on Canada and other countries to contribute.
How the COVID-19 pandemic lowered life expectancy in Canada last year
News/Health: COVID-19 deaths led to a five-month decrease in life expectancy at birth last year, recent data released by Statistics Canada suggest, potentially putting the country at a level not seen in seven years.
Ontario stands firm on 12-week interval for AstraZeneca doses — against experts' advice
News/Health: Citing the need for speed against the growing threat of the coronavirus delta variant, infectious diseases specialists say the wait for a second dose should only be eight weeks, regardless of what kind of vaccine people got as their first dose.
Why the conviction of 2 Hamilton paramedics in Yosif Al-Hasnawi's death may change health care
News/Canada/Hamilton: In a legal first in Canada, two Hamilton paramedics were found guilty for their part in the death of 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi. Now, emergency responders are questioning what it means for their field and patient care.
U.S. pledge of 500M doses 'a small piece of the puzzle' in global vaccination race: expert
News/World: Health officials and experts around the world on Thursday welcomed a U.S. plan to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, but the celebrations came with hesitation.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday
News/World: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the nations of the world must set aside the "beggar my neighbour" attitude that led to squabbling over medicine, protective gear and badly needed COVID-19 vaccines.
Managers at centre of nursing college probe 'caused or contributed to' young woman's death, mother alleges
News/Canada/British Columbia: Katrina Lavery died of a bowel obstruction at the age of 21. In a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court, her mother says senior managers at a home operated by the Garth Homer Society ignored her symptoms for months.
Who decided Ontario schools should stay closed? Government won't say, but doctors call on Ford to reconsider
News/Canada/Toronto: While it's unclear who made the call, it is certain the decision has been controversial — with even top experts divided — and will mean students in Ontario, who had already been out of school for longer than any other students in the country by mid-May, will miss even more class time.
Canada still lacks national guidance for fully vaccinated Canadians as travel restrictions ease
News/Health: Canada still hasn’t provided clear guidance to fully vaccinated Canadians on what they can and can’t do safely as the number of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines ramps up across the country and travel restrictions are set to ease.
Pandemic has left backlog of almost 16 million medical procedures in Ontario, doctors say
News/Health: The COVID-19 pandemic has left an estimated backlog of 15.9 million surgeries in Ontario, including MRIs, cataract surgeries, joint replacements and coronary bypass surgeries, according to the Ontario Medical Association. Doctors say they're also worried about a decline in preventative screenings.
Treatments for post-vaccine blood clots show promise but no 'slam dunk,' Canadian doctors say
News/Health: A Canadian research team has published new evidence highlighting a combination of two treatments that could help patients suffering from a rare, but potentially-deadly, post-vaccine blood clot condition.
U.S. vaccines may be able to make up for India's export controls: World Bank president
News/Politics: The head of the World Bank says that while a shortage of vaccine supply remains the biggest hurdle to inoculating people in the developing world, increased production in the United States may be able to meet growing demand.